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The Silk Roads: Ancient and Modern (Live streaming)

Four lectures from Dr Paul Wordsworth delve into the origins of the famous Silk Roads and explore the ways in which commerce and travel shaped the cultural connections of a continent.

Presented by WEA Maidenhead Branch and Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).

Programme
10.15am: Development of the Silk Roads
11.40am: The Sogdian Trading Network
1.40pm: The Silk Roads after the coming of Islam
3.00pm: The Modern Silk Roads

Dr Paul D. Wordsworth is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford specialising in the archaeology of the medieval Caucasus and Central Asia.

Please contact Steph Diggon ([email protected] or Tel: 01628 563676) for course materials before and after the event.

Please click here for more information.

Live Stream from the Courtyard Theatre
£39 per household

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Hot Desk at the Farm

Looking for somewhere different to work? Need a break from your usual desk? Rent a co-working space in the 18th century farmhouse at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead.

For £40 per desk per day (+ VAT) you can expect:

• A desk space in a co-working office in a creative environment
• Available from 11am to 10pm Tuesday to Saturday
• Free WiFi
• Free parking and bike racks
• On site Café and Bar – for breaks or business meetings
• Access to tea and coffee making facilities
• 3 workstations available

This is a unique working environment, a place where you can network with other creatives.

There’s on site entertainment every day (cinema, gigs, comedy) and bookable meeting spaces including the atmospheric Long Barn which holds up to 80 people.

So if you need a break from your normal working day, become part of the vibrant community at Norden Farm.

Just book your spot online and turn up!


Covid safety:
Our co-working spaces are located in the Farmhouse. So that the room can be sanitised between each use, the booking cut off for a Hot Desk is 9pm the night before.
Hand sanitiser stations can be found at each entrance to the building and at other points throughout the venue. Please use the sanitiser on arrival.
You can read more Covid safety information here.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Book Club

Share your thoughts on contemporary fiction with other readers in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.

This season the Book Club will be reading

Thur 16 Dec - Islands of Mercy by Rose Tremain
Thur 20 Jan - Kiss Myself Goodbye by Ferdinand Mount
Thur 17 Feb - TBC
Thur 17 Mar - TBC
Thur 21 Apr - TBC

Suitable for 18+ years.

Spaces are limited, early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Thur 16 Dec, 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 Mar, 21 Apr
7.30pm – 9.30pm
£5 per session (includes a glass of wine or soft drink from the bar)

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Disraeli - Queen Victoria’s Favourite Prime Minister

A play written and performed by Jeff Rozelaar

“We are all dreadfully disgusted at the prospect of a Jew for our Prime Minister.”
So declared Lady Palmerston when Benjamin Disraeli was given the keys to No.10 Downing Street.

This controversial characters 'intrusion' into the heart of the Victorian 'Establishment' is related imaginatively in this one-man play.

It includes references to Hughenden Manor which Disraeli acquired and lived in. The property is a very popular National Trust venue in the South East of England.

'This amazing one-man show held the audience’s rapted attention' Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, Maidenhead Synagogue

'A splendid experience… mesmerising' U3A Reading (History group)

'A spellbinding monologue' U3A Chinnor (History group)

Studio
£15

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Zumba (Thursdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Thur 13 Jan - 28 Apr (exc 24 Feb)
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

If the tutor is unavailable for a session, a replacement will be provided wherever possible.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Intermediate

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 12 Jan - 10 Feb, Thur 17 Feb - 24 Mar (exc 24 Feb), Thur 31 Mar - 28 Apr
8.30pm - 9.30pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course.

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Zumba (Saturdays)

Led by Annet Bowler

Zumba with Annet is a fun, easy to follow, dance based class. Get fit and exercise in disguise to uplifting Latin rhythms!

This 60 minute class feels more than a party that exercise class. It suits all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome.

Zumba is a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility.

It can help make you feel happy, healthy, strong, amazing, unstoppable and confident!

Sat 15 Jan - 30 Apr (exc 26 Feb)
11.30am – 12.30pm
£6 per class

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

If you are taking part online, you will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Absolute Beginners

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? It is never too late to learn. Learn guitar right from the beginning. These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Wed 12 Jan - 9 Feb, Wed 16 Feb - 23 Mar (exc 23 Feb), Wed 30 Mar - 27 Apr
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners (Thursdays)

Led by Richard Lee.

Always wanted to learn guitar but never got around to it? Want to trade your air guitar skills for real guitar skills? These are fun and informative lessons from a guitarist with over 20 years’ experience.

Thur 13 Jan - 10 Feb, Thur 17 Feb - 24 Mar (ex 24 Feb), Thur 31 Mar - 28 Apr
7pm – 8pm
£40 per 5 week course
Booking cut off time: 6pm on the first day of each course

This class will take place both in person and online via Zoom.

You will find the link to access the session in your booking confirmation email

Suitable for ages 18+ years.

Please prepare for your visit by reading our latest Visitor Information here. This includes important information about face coverings and measures we have implemented to keep everyone safe when visiting Norden Farm.

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